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Lady Bombers runners-up in WRC track meet

Published in The Chagrin Valley Times
May 17, 2018
Tony Lange

The Kenston girls track and field team scored its most points in a league meet in five seasons, but the Lady Bombers came just shy of a title during the Western Reserve Conference championship last Thursday at Mayfield High School.

Led by junior Kate Taylor and freshman Kate Haynes’ one-two finish in the 800-meter run, the Lady Bombers posted 131 points and were bested only by two-time defending WRC champion Chardon, 143 1/2 points, in the eight-team field.

The lone individual Lady Bomber champ, Taylor clocked a 2:23.60 to defend her league title in the 800 run, while Haynes finished runner-up in 2:26.99 to edge out Mayfield’s Valerie Sague by 0.09 second.

Taylor’s performance came after finishing runner-up in the 1,600 run in 5:21.53 earlier in the meet, bested only by Chardon junior Denali Selent’s triumph in 5:20.98, while Kenston freshman Ellie Pleune took fourth in 5:26.56.

Also pulling a distance double, Pleune finished third in the 3,200 run in 11:50.20, while Chardon’s Selent won the title in 11:47.38 and Mayfield junior Nicole DiCicco took runner-up in 11:49.60.

In the field events, the Lady Bombers were led by freshman Nyla Morrison, who tied Brush senior Jasmyn Allen for the best mark of the day at 16 feet, 7 1/2 inches, but Allen took first based on her second-best mark of 16 feet, 6 inches. Kenston junior Victoria Hammerle took fourth at 15 feet, 9 1/2 inches, while freshman Hannah Koplow was fifth at 15 feet, 1/2 inch.

Also with a runner-up performance in the field for the Lady Bombers, freshman Cameryn Walters marked 111 feet, 1 inch in the discus throw and was bested only by Willoughby South junior Christina Znidarsic’s meet-record toss of 119 feet, 5 inches. Walters also took fifth in the shot put at 32 feet, 6 1/4 inches.

In the high jump, Kenston junior Ariana Vaughan finished third at 5 feet, 2 inches, which is 1 inch shy of what it took to advance out of the Division I Austintown Region last season.

Back on the track, junior Izzy Gabram took third in the 100 hurdles in 16.52 seconds and fourth in the 300 hurdles in 51.99 seconds.

In the sprints, Kenston sophomore Elyse Myles, who wasn’t fully healthy, took third in the 200 dash in 27.13 seconds, while junior Rhianna Patrick finished fifth in 27.54 seconds. Myles also finished fourth in the 100 dash in 13.41 seconds, while junior Megan Randall took seventh in 13.61 seconds.

The Lady Bombers’ best relay finish came from the four-by-100 quartet of Gabram, Randall, Patrick and Morrison, who circled the track in 51.41 seconds to finish runners-up, bested only by Riverside’s meet-record finish in 51.00 seconds.

In the four-by-200, Gabram, Randall, Patrick and Morrison took third in 1:51.07.

In the four-by-400, Patrick, Haynes, freshman Maria Vincenti and Taylor finished third in 4:17.27. In the open 400 dash, Vincenti took seventh in 1:05.20.

And in the four-by-800 relay, Haynes, freshman Amelia Witmer-Rich, Vincenti and senior Loren Gormley took fourth in 10:25.17.

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